When reviewing your performance, it's important to determine what went well and what didn't. Did you have a good understanding of the passage as a whole? Maybe you felt that you did, but then you missed a general question and realized you had misread the passage. If you missed specific questions, did you go back and make sure you had support before choosing an answer, or did you try to answer specific questions from memory? (There are many traps waiting for you if you try that approach!) On inference questions, did you try to infer too much? Right answers on an inference question are often "mild-mannered," using words such as some, may, could, possible, etc. Incorrect answers will often use extreme language such as must, all, will, should, cannot, "if X then Y," etc.
Once you've taken a look at the kinds of mistakes you made, you can make some decisions about how to refine your approach. Do you need to allocate more time up front? Are you trying to memorize the whole thing at the beginning, and then feeling rushed on the questions? Are you settling for a sketchy understanding of the passage? Are you misreading the questions? Are you getting hung up thinking about wrong answers because you don't have a strong sense of what you're looking for?
If you have answers to these questions, you will be in a good position to improve your RC performance. Good luck!
Dmitry Farber | Manhattan GMAT Instructor | New York
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